The ISS Constitution is a two way contract between an individual and the society, with clearly defined responsibilities for both parties. The Summation of Principles, as defined in the fourth paragraph of the Constitution, is the responsibilities of the individual toward the society. The Charter, as defined in the third paragraph of the Constitution, is the responsibilities of the society toward the individual.
The present principles for which members of the society are responsible can be summarized as follows:
- practising self-wellness
- perpetuating a cycle of wellness to all people
- pursuing excellence in their abilities
- empowerment of marginalised people
- refraining from providing false information to others, and from withholding information of importance to others, except when doing so protects rights or freedoms
- making contributions to their society in a fair way so that the things necessary for the society to function, and things shared by society, have a means of being provided
- being available to have their conduct discussed when any one else believes that their conduct has been unlawful, through the justice system defined by the society
- respecting the laws of others in one’s proximity, and if finding any particular laws to be inconsistent with ISS principles, asking for an official response from the society in the External Legislation Registry to find out whether following those laws is a condition of membership
(For a full list of the details of the above principles, read the Summation of Principles.)
In addition to the laws that the members agree to individually uphold, there are also laws that govern the society as a whole as to how it treats its individual members, and how it treats humanity in general. These laws are called the society’s Charter. The Charter presently contains the following requirements:
- members who wish to see changes to the society’s laws (as in the Summation of Principles or Charter) have the right for the prime representative to work with them on these changes
- members have the right to a form of media that allows them to be heard by the entire society when they have something to say
- all of the rights expressed in the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights are recognised by the society as being deserved by all people
- all present members have the right to be consulted prior to a new member being accepted
- when termination of a membership is considered, the member has the right to a fair and democratic system of justice to discuss the conduct in question, which includes the right to a trial by jury
- members have the right to be informed for a reasonable period of time before the society’s laws are changed in any way (see amendments)
- members have the right for the prime representative to collaborate with their other electorally supported representatives in making decisions
- members have the right to refuse to accept the position of prime representative, and to refuse votes asking them to take that position, or any other position of public representation
- members have the right to the stability of knowing that their elected officials will not be suddenly changed without a reasonable amount of notice
- members have the right to ask for the society’s official decision about any law made by an external government (such as the government of Canada). Members have the right to know whether the society deems any such law to be consistent with ISS principles and therefore required conduct for members. Members have the right to have those decisions printed in an External Legislation Registry (ELR). Members have the right to ask ISS representatives to be brought before ISS judiciary when they don’t believe decisions in the ELR are consistent with the society’s principles. Members have the right to the society’s protection, to the extent of its abilities, when an external government imposes a law that is not consistent with ISS principles upon them.
(For a full list of the details of the above rights, read the ISS Charter.)
Any one who is willing to adhere to ISS principles, and to recognise the society’s responsibility to provide all people the rights in the Charter, has the right to join the society. The prime representative may be asked for membership and, if there is no reasonable doubt as to the requester’s willingness to accept these conditions, their membership will be accepted.
Section 3 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees citizens the right to vote in an election of members of a legislative assembly. All Canadian legislative assemblies offer the means to exercise this right on one arbitrary day, and then the right is unjustifiably denied for as much as five years. The ISS does not ever deny this right at any point in time.
If the Crown is willing to follow its own laws, then it must acknowledge that ISS members have the right to be responsible solely to ISS laws, and not the laws of any other legislative assemblies in Canada, such as Provincial Legislatures. This was addressed in the Federal Court of Canada in 2012, and then discontinued with the intention of instead handling the matter in Provincial Court. In preparation for this, a letter was sent to the Attorney General of British Columbia, accompanied by a further letter to the Queen of all Canadians that refer to the Crown as their government. After receiving a response, a petition was filed in the Supreme Court of British Columbia. Concurrently, a letter has been sent to a member of the Senate of Canada, addressing constitutional issues. The results of this petition can be found here. Since then, a letter has been sent to the Minister of National Revenue.
Section 52 of the 1982 Constitution Act states that the Constitution of Canada is “the supreme law of Canada”, and that “any law that is not consistent with the Constitution” is “of no force or effect to the extent of the inconsistency”. Many laws in Canada have been created by legislative assemblies that deny section 3 Charter rights for periods of time without demonstrable justification. Therefore, some of these laws may be regarded as being “of no force or effect” with regard to members of the Interactive Sovereign Society.